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May 20th, 2012 (01:11 am)

The Nebula Awards banquet was tonight, and I am your on-the-spot correspondent, reporting to you from the Hyatt hotel in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. The Nebula Awards are given annually by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, or SFWA, for the best in science fiction and fantasy writing. The partying is still going on tonight up in the hospitality suite, but I had to get away from the crowd and the noise for at least a few minutes, so I thought I'd give you an update.

Walter Jon Williams was Toastmaster, and he was hilarious. He decided the awards weekend is all about him, so he declared it WalterFest 2012 and demanded due homage. Connie Willis was named Grand Master and was as gracious, funny, and touching a speaker as she always is. And she let me hold her Nebula.

Astronaut Mike Fincke, who has spent more time in space than any other American, showed some great footage of life aboard the space station. By the way, Mike and Walter Jon and I sat together at the Scotch-tasting party Thursday night, so now they're my drinking buddies.

Neil Gaiman, Rock Star of the science fiction & fantasy world, slipped in with no fanfare. If anyone had known he was coming, the place would have been mobbed. I've still never actually spoken to the man; there are always too many people around him. The only times I'm ever near him when he's not being mobbed, he has a microphone in his face and is being interviewed.

And now the awards:

SOLSTICE AWARDS for impact on the speculative-fiction field
Octavia Butler (posthumous)
John Clute

RAY BRADBURY AWARD for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation (i.e., Best Script)
Neil Gaiman, for the "Doctor's Wife" episode of Doctor Who.

ANDRE NORTON AWARD for Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy
Delia Sherman, for The Freedom Maze.

Ken Liu, for "The Paper Menagerie," published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2011.

Geoff Ryman, for "What We Found," published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2011.

Kij Johnson, for "The Man Who Bridged the Mist," published in Asimov's Science Fiction, October/November 2011.

Jo Walton, for Among Others.


Posted by: Rhodey Girl, AKA, Ixion (rhodeygirl)
Posted at: May 20th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Ok, I have to ask

Ixion here. What's the difference between a Novelette and a Novella?

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: May 20th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Ok, I have to ask

Excellent question. It's all about length. I can never remember the cutoffs, but I've just looked it up. So here are the word counts that determine an entry's eligibility for each category:

Short Story: less than 7,500 words

Novelette: at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words

Novella: at least 17,500 words but less than 40,000 words

Novel: 40,000 words or more.

(Note: A novella-length work that was published individually - rather than as part of a collection or anthology - can be judged as a novel, at the author's request)

Posted by: Richard C. White (nightwolfwriter)
Posted at: May 21st, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)

Good to run into you again at the Nebulas! Hope I catch you at another con soon.

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: May 21st, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)

Hey, Richard,
Good to see you too!

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